NBA Trade Deadline Heats Up As 76ers Make Blockbuster Trade

Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris

The 76ers reportedly intend to sign Harris to an extension, establishing a new Big Four in the Eastern Conference with fellow midseason acquisition Jimmy Butler, along with holdovers Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, league sources told Wojnarowski.

The Philadelphia 76ers have made another move in their quest to become National Basketball Association champions by trading for Los Angeles Clippers' star Tobias Harris.

And the 76ers have identified Harris as a missing piece in their jigsaw as they look to emerge from the East and try to win their first National Basketball Association title since 1983.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The key here is to think of this not from an overall evaluation of the trade in which they gave up a lot, but to see it as the Sixers essentially shooting a gap.

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While the Sixers do lose some depth in the deal, they also add a top-tier starter along with a strong backup center in Marjanovic and a stretch-four in Scott.

Harris was acquired by the Clippers last season in a trade with the Detroit Pistons centered on Blake Griffin.

And Rachel Nichols pointed out that the Clippers' 2019 pick - sent to the Celtics via Memphis in 2016 - is apparently lottery-protected in both the upcoming draft and 2020; it converts to a 2022 second-round pick if undelivered prior.

Harris and Butler both become free agents at the end of the season and could leave the 76ers.

Yet L.A. has successfully set the franchise as another with the cap room necessary to sign two max-level free agents and have the youth and flexibility to hone their young players into a support role.

The Sixers are 34-20 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

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